Why I chose Guelph
After completing my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at OVC, it was a natural choice to continue my education here. During my time at the university, I have enjoyed the challenging academic environment and the many opportunities for community engagement. I chose graduate studies at the University of Guelph because the program and my advisor foster professional growth, as well as encourage interdisciplinary collaboration. I also choose Guelph because I love the city; it is a vibrant community with its own unique culture.
Words of advice
Graduate school is challenging and chaotic at times; don’t be afraid to seek guidance, whether it’s for academic advice, mental health support, or the best place in the city for live music.
Imposter syndrome is real, but it can be overcome! Allow yourself time to adjust to graduate school; the dynamic will be very different from undergraduate studies.
Finally, don’t isolate yourself in your research. Reach out to colleagues, develop new friendships, make time for yourself!
My future plans
To combine my passion for innovation and education, I would like to pursue a career in academia with a focus on One Health. The University of Guelph graduate program is providing me with the research, leadership, and teaching experience required to establish a successful career in this field.
How will my work Improve Life?
My research will provide crucial information on the distribution and risk factors associated with zoonotic infections in urban rats in Ontario, which will help inform public health officials about factors that may lead to increased risk of zoonotic pathogen transmission to humans.